The Richmond Police Weigh In on Taser-Wielding Rob Walker

This morning a member of the Public Affairs Unit, Richmond Police Department, contacted me in reply to a request for information concerning reports that VCU film student Rob Walker fended off two individuals intent upon vandalizing the Jefferson Davis monument in Richmond until police arrived and took the two individuals, both of whom had been tased by Walker, and handcuffed them.

What does the Richmond Police Department have to say about this tale, including a claim that a 911 call was made (all 911 calls are recorded)?

“We can find no record of such an incident ever occurring.”

That might help explain why there’s no record of it and no report of it anywhere other than in the breathless prose of one Susan Hathaway.

Interesting.  Draw your own conclusions.

It appears that the credibility of the Confederate heritage movement as personified by the Virginia Flaggers may be a victim of friendly fire from Ms.Hathaway’s volley. How appropriate given the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the wounding and death of Stonewall Jackson.

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15 thoughts on “The Richmond Police Weigh In on Taser-Wielding Rob Walker

  1. John Foskett May 13, 2013 / 9:03 am

    I see “the hand of God” in this development.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 13, 2013 / 9:13 am

      Interesting that Ms. Hathaway would invoke God in support of her unsubstantiated story.

      • John Clark May 13, 2013 / 11:34 am

        Or that she chastised those among us who have “no regard for the rule of law: neither God’s nor man’s.” I recall that God’s law is pretty stern about, ahem, overly imaginative writing.

  2. Michael Confoy May 13, 2013 / 9:13 am

    It never passed the smell test. Something like this would have most likely even made it to the Washington Post Metro section. As I said previously, this not being Florida or Texas, unless someone’s safety is in danger, the police here want you to call 911 and stay the heck away. Someone making a “citizen arrest” in Virginia would be big news. I have never heard of it occurring in recent memory.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 13, 2013 / 9:25 am

      Restore the honor? Evidence of God’s hand? Perhaps someone ought to pray for forgiveness and seek to restore the honor they chose to besmirch.

  3. Tony May 13, 2013 / 9:34 am

    Maybe he accidentally dialed 811, and was confused when they showed up and detained the two invididuals for unauthorized digging.

  4. Rob Baker May 13, 2013 / 10:26 am

    I will say that it seemed “too good to be true.” But let’s not get hasty. We might be talking about a simple story over embellished. But, as you have rightly pointed out, the phone call to the police and Rob Walker waiting subduing two criminals waiting on police response, is false.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 13, 2013 / 10:27 am

      Let’s put it this way: you would think Ms. Hathaway would explain herself.

      • kevlvn May 13, 2013 / 10:34 am

        It is reasonable to assume that any other version of this story will lack any kind of independent/third party confirmation. In short, their reputation beyond their close knit circle is shot.

      • Rob Baker May 13, 2013 / 10:35 am

        Absolutely. She needs to be open as to where she got this information and the validity of it.

        • cc2001 May 13, 2013 / 4:17 pm

          I think she saw an outline for the new Connie Chastain novel, Mayhem at the Monument.

  5. Dionne Waugh May 14, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    Good afternoon all,
    We did indeed check all of our records as well as with our colleagues at Capitol Police, who protect some of the monuments, and we have no record of this incident ever occurring.

    Additionally, we have spoken with Mr. Walker and he told us this incident never occurred.

    Anyone who has any further questions can contact Third Precinct Captain Yvonne Crowder at 646-1412.
    ~Sincerely,
    Dionne Waugh, Richmond Police Public Affairs Unit

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